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My ancestors - O'Mara - Contents

O'Mara of Limerick

Formerly O'Meara of Toomyvara, Co.Tipperary

O'Meara of Toomyvara, Co.Tipperary

The O'Meara family (O'Meadhra in Irish) are from Toomevara or Toomyvara, Aghnameadle par, E of Nenagh (on the Dublin road), N Co.Tipperary (see map).
The village is named after them - Tuaim ui Mheadhra (or Tuaim ui Mheara), "Tomb of the O'Mearas".
The O'Meara family is found in the area since at least the 14th century.

Ballymackey Castle on 1829 to 1842 map.
See modern satellite view.

Toomyvara on 1887 to 1913 map.

O'Mara of Limerick (our family)

Grave of Margaret O'Mara (died 1863).
Close-up of Lynch / Spain / O'Mara grave. Mount St. Lawrence cemetery, Limerick.
Photo 2009. See larger and full size and other shot.

--- O'Meara,
or O'Mara,
born est c.1780,
of Toomyvara, Co.Tipperary.

Spelling: The evidence for the spelling "O'Meara" in this generation is weak. James was said to be born with that spelling and changed it to O'Mara. But if so all his family changed too. They are "O'Mara" in just about all records.
Poverty: James was said to have risen from "absolute poverty". But this may be an exaggeration. Clearly his family were literate, and many ended up doing decent jobs. More likely is simply that James started out poor compared to what he became later.

The unnamed O'Meara or O'Mara mar Margaret ---- [born 1779 or 1785].
One O'Mara family tree says his wife was Margaret Casey of "Cloheen Mills".
That is, Casey of Clogheen is mother of James rather than his wife's mother.
See search for Casey marrying Foley or O'Mara.

Margaret's burial record in 1863 says she was living Roches St, Limerick, at death (would be living with her son James).
She died 23 Sept 1863, age 78 yrs [grave] or age 84 [burial record].
She was bur 24 Sept 1863 [burial record] in Lynch / O'Mara grave at Mount St. Lawrence cemetery, Limerick.
Grave erected by "James O'Mara", father of Bridget Cusack, "in memory of his mother".
She is spelt "Margaret O'Mara" on grave and in burial record.
The unnamed O'Meara or O'Mara and his wife Margaret had issue:

  1. Andrew O'Mara,
    born 1817, Co.Tipperary,
    [Goodspeed, 1889] says Andrew O'Mara was native of Tipperary County,
    adopted spelling "O'Mara",
    went to London, Ontario, Canada.

  2. James O'Mara (formerly O'Meara),
    born 1817, Toomyvara, Co.Tipperary,
    adopted spelling "O'Mara",
    founded the Limerick bacon factory,
    think his death notice refers to business as "J.J. O'Mara and Sons", (todo) see original.

  3. John O'Meara, or O'Mara,
    went to Liverpool.

  4. Francis O'Meara, or O'Mara,
    referred to as "Uncle Frank" by Martin J. O'Mara.

  5. Michael O'Meara, or O'Mara.

  6. Patrick O'Meara, or O'Mara,
    according to one version of O'Mara family tree.

  7. (dau) O'Meara, or O'Mara,
    mar --- Kelly,
    this could be "Mary Meara" who mar 1835 [Toomyvara RC par records] to "James Kelly" from Garrane (prob. Garrane, Aghnameadle par, Co.Tipperary),
    note it was previously thought that James had a sister Mary who married Lynch,
    however it has been discovered that it was a sister of James' wife rather than a sister of James,
    so Mary could be the sister who mar Kelly,
    the Kellys lived in Liverpool,
    had issue:

    1. (dau) Kelly,
      mar --- Murray,
      lived Liverpool,
      had issue:

      1. (son) Murray,
        when Fr. Paddy O'Mara was in France in WWI he had a batman named Murray who claimed to be his cousin and who came from Liverpool.
      2. (other issue) Murray, lived Liverpool.

  8. ---- O'Meara, or O'Mara, had issue:

    1. Nora ----,
      "Your old cousin Nora" writes to Stephen O'Mara 1892 from Loreto Convent, Wexford (she must be a nun),
      she seems to refer to James O'Mara (formerly O'Meara) as her uncle.

Margaret O'Mara (died 1863) is spelt "O'Mara" on grave.
Detail of above. See full size.

Martin J. O'Mara (or O'Meara) uses the old spelling "O'Meara" in letter 1872.
Though in another letter he uses "O'Mara".
See full size.

Papers of Patricia Lavelle

Papers of Patricia Lavelle, in family possession.

Her father's (O'Mara) side:

Her mother's (Cashel) side:

Unidentified O'Meara / O'Mara photos

Miscellaneous O'Mara's and O'Meara's

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